9 April 2019. Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
Our former bishop once said that one of the things that we should do if we meet God face to face is to acknowledge that we are sinners and is in need of His forgiveness. In doing so, we have the sense of believing a loving God, a God who will not condemn us despite our weaknesses.
The Gospel is about the dialogue between our Lord Jesus and the people. The dialogue should have deepened their faith in Jesus, especially that what Jesus is telling them is about his death and the will of His Father who have sent him for the salvation of all. We see the importance of dialogue as expression of how we could know someone and eventually understand him or her.
In particular, Jesus speaks about His departure and that for those who are living in sin, they cannot follow and find Him. The words of Jesus: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he”(Jn 8.24), is so fitting to continue to reflect during Lent. We see and know Jesus as our Savior.
One of the effects in knowing and believing Jesus is that we detest and be sorry for our sins and resolve that we should not do it again or at least to refrain from any occasion that will lead to sin. I believe that to live in sin is not to have the gaze of Jesus in our life. That is why, let us allow Jesus to gaze on us, even during the most difficult and trying moments in our lives. That is why we often remind ourselves in prayer “Let us remember that we are in the Presence of our God”.
My journey, my formation in the seminary is always an invitation to say and believe that “God loves us!”. The pure and ultimate revelation of Jesus in the dialogue, in the Gospel for today, says everything where formation is leading me . That is to know and believe in Jesus’ love, His merciful and forgiving, love, and always seek the Will of the Father in Heaven.
The Gospel Today
John 8: 21-30
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said,
“He is not going to kill himself, is he,
because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above.
You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation.
But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.